Netflix seems to be on a roll with the anime releases and this time around, the video streaming platform and The Pokémon Company International have announced that the newest animated movie based on the beloved Pokémon franchise will premiere on Netflix around the world outside of Japan and Korea.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution welcomes a new CGI style to animated Pokémon movies and is inspired by one of the most popular stories in the long-running franchise. It’s basically a CGI remake of the original Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back from 1999, which follows Ash, his beloved pokémon Pikachu, Misty, and Brock meeting the legendary Mewtwo.
“The ubiquitous reach and expert team at Netflix make them the perfect partner to bring this special animated movie to kids and fans around the world,”
“Netflix is the ideal platform to help us execute a global simultaneous launch of an animated Pokémon movie on Pokémon Day, a special moment dedicated to celebrating the worldwide Pokémon fan community.”
Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokémon Company International.
This revamp was a success in Japan but it’s worth noting that not everyone is going to be a fan of the CGI-ness of it all. Based on the trailer, it looks pretty well done, but again, to each his own. The date you’re going to want to save is the 27th of February so you have little over a month to hold in your excitement (or rage depending on how you find the CGI trailer).